Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Cruelty of Srebrenica Shocked Us, Forensic Investigator Recalls

Scottish forensic technician Robert McNeil arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996, shortly after the discovery of the first mass graves of victims of the Srebrenica massacres.

The war had ended not long beforehand, and McNeil recalled how he could sense the smell of conflict and the scale of the suffering around him.

Childbirth Often Traumatic in CEE, But Few Women Seek Redress

Daniela Drandic of 'Parents in Action: Roda [Stork]', a Croatian NGO that lobbies for the protection of women's rights in pregnancy and parenthood, said the accounts reflect a widespread failure to listen to and trust women, as well as a lack of confidence among women in the efficiency and fairness of the courts.

Balkan Athletes Hunger for Glory at Olympics Marred by COVID-19

As Friday's opening ceremony for the XXXII Olympic Games in Tokyo looms, Balkan athletes are bracing for the quest to bring home glory with medals round their neck.

The Olympic Games in Tokyo starting this Friday were scheduled to be held in 2020 but had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bosnian Serb Report Claims Many Srebrenica Victims Weren’t Civilians

A report published on Wednesday by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Sufferings of All Peoples in the Srebrenica Region between 1992 and 1995, which was set up by the government of Bosnia's Serb-dominated Republika Srpska, seeks to cast doubt on whether thousands of Bosniaks who were murdered by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995 were innocent civilians.

Bosnia’s Judiciary Still Reluctant to Answer Emailed FOI Requests

Nearly 10 per cent of judicial institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina which responded to BIRN's FOI request insisted that requests for access to information be submitted in person or by mail, while some offered fax as an alternative.

BIRN sent inquiries to 96 courts and prosecutors' offices on how they receive requests for free access to information.

"NATO to protect its neighbors from Serbia and Belgrade's intentions"

"It is time for the EU and NATO to become realistic about Serbia and for Washington D.C. to send a clear signal that NATO will protect all of Serbia's neighbors from 'Belgrade intentions'", said the U.S. expert on Balkan issues, Daniel Serwer, as Koha reports.

"That moment will come, their role is crucial in reducing Serbia's hatred"

Azem Vlasi claims that is why the role of the United States in Kosovo and beyond is irreplaceable, reports Koha.
Vlasi pointed out that the moment will come when the United States will really join the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, and that it will not happen when Kosovo invites them, but when they find it appropriate - in the final stages of the dialogue.

Serbia will not have to give up Kosovo for the sake of joining the EU?

He expressed confidence that Belgrade would not have to give up Kosovo for membership in the Union, and that no candidate country was asked to do anything similar.
"Do you know of a case of a candidate country that had to do something similar to become an EU member?" Selakovic asked.

Serbian Professors Profit From Loopholes to Work in Bosnia

Although he lectures students in Foca, in Bosnia's Republika Srpska entity, he was not able to present a valid approval by the academic council of the High Medical School in Cuprija for this engagement, despite being obliged to have this under the Law on Higher Education in Serbia.

Week in Review: Week in Review: Between Endless Elections and Coups

Deadlocked Again

Local TV broadcasting a special statement by Bulgarian TV host turned politician, Slavi Trifonov, and leader of the 'There Is Such a People' party after the country's parliamentary elections, in Sofia. Photo: EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV

Kosovo to Restore Reciprocity Measures Against Serbia, Minister Says

Kosovo's government, led by Vetevendosje's Albin Kurti, is preparing to reintroduce reciprocity measures against Serbia, which were lifted by the former government because they were considered an obstacle to the EU-facilitated dialogue.

Angela Merkel's farewell message: Serbia in the EU

She told her successors that the process should not be interrupted and that, despite the need for a lot of engagement and patience, they should use the opportunity to accept the countries of the Western Balkans - Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia.